A Co Donegal man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his girlfriend for three days at their Spanish home.
The man, who is originally from Letterkenny, is in police custody.
The 54-year-old was arrested after the alleged victim tried take her own life after stabbing herself in a shop.
The shocking incident happened around 7pm on Monday in an Ibiza Town shop.
The victim, believed to be 47-year-old Irish woman, remains in intensive care at Can Misses Hospital.
A Spanish National Police spokesman in the Balearic Islands confirmed:
“National Police have arrested a 54-year-old man for domestic violence after allegedly having inflicted his partner to physical and sexual abuse over three days.
“His 47-year-old partner, after allegedly being held against her will during those three days and suffering several episodes of violence, was able to escape and on Monday took refuge inside a shop near their home.
“She got hold of a Stanley knife inside the shop and cut her wrists and neck before stabbing herself in the stomach with another knife before anyone could stop her.”
Officers said the victim had been living in Ibiza for two years.
The spokesman added: “The woman was immobilised to stop her harming herself further and the flow of blood from her wounds was stemmed until paramedics arrived so she could be rushed to hospital.
“Medical staff saw the woman had multiple wounds on several parts of her body including her genital area and arms and legs before she went into surgery.
“The woman told them the injuries had been caused by her partner who had held her hostage in their home for three days whilst sexually assaulting and subjecting her to other forms of mistreatment, and said that was the reason she had tried to end her life.”
She is currently in intensive care.
Hospital sources said that she is conscious and her condition has improved overnight.